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    • Also from google plus and trying differs things here to see how best to play, I’ve started a couple of conversations and treating them like collections to see how that goes, may end up a bit messy with the comments coming into the feed and not necessarily the images related to the feed so maybe a panel of one maybe the way to play and add others later if you think they will keep to the theme. We’ll see how it goes. But I did like the collections feature you can group images together, but I’ll keep playing here, think Panels maybe the answer to collection equivalent but limited to yourself as a member. 🧐

    • Thanks for taking the time to elaborate.

      Panels are a really interesting idea if you can get the dynamics of getting the right group together, looking forward to seeing how that works in real use.

      As for following people, I think G+ really nailed it with 'collections'. Users can post into collections that group posts by topic, and instead of following a person, you can follow only a certain collection of theirs, thus avoiding other topics they post about that don't interest you. Worked great in practice. What you have here is close to that. If users could create their exclusive 'topics' (only they can post into it, others can comment and react) it would be basically it. But I understand that getting things right takes time and effort and you have a lot on your plate as it is.

      Regarding the financials - premium membership that eliminates the ads would be great. I really don't mind paying for services that I find valuable.

    • So glad to hear you're building solid fundamentals that will enable opening the platform up eventually.

      Personally, I live on my mobile, and so a dedicated app is really important to me. Web browsing on mobile is a chore. App doesn't have to be all native - embedded webviews can work wonders today, I just need tight integration with the OS (notifications, sharing, persistence). Check out Basecamp, for example: 90% of the app is webviews, but it works great.

      What I would really like to see is the ability to share into Cake from other apps/websites. Often I run into interesting articles and stories I like to share. Right now, having to copy the URL, go to Cake website and post from there - it's a lot of work. Second big thing - notifications. Mail doesn't really cut it (too much noise in the inbox, not the right context).

      Yes, I am an developer (primarily working on Android and some backend stuff, mostly in Go), but I don't have that much free time to properly contribute to other projects.

    • First post here. The Cake approach topics is interesting (basically a classic forum structure) and the Panel feature seems the most innovative feature. It will be great to see this in practice.

      Things missing for me : I would say bold/italics formatting but then I only started writing now, accidentally selected a word and the buttons came up :) So what you probably need is a help page :) Haven’t found one! To that end, what do invites do? I signed without one :)

      And since I am asking can you do more that one photo in one post or it would need multiple posts instead?

      An API would be needed by other people to do all sorts of things, but an easy goal to achieve is RSS feeds of topics and user posts (especially interested in the latter as I like track my social media use and keep a copy of posts)

      A mobile app doesn’t seem necessary, the site works great on a browser and we need to escape the culture of constant notifications.

      Thank you, this looks like a great place for G+ refugees!

    • Thanks, jpop. It sounds like you really know your stuff. Android is hard for us because it's the only platform our rich text editor doesn't work on. Argh. And we have an iOS developer, but not one for Android. Double argh. @kevin : 👆 embedded webviews.

    • you are correct about panels, as i was reading that G+ thread when i first joined i kept searching for the reply button as i wanted to chime in and then saw that commenting was restricted to panel members and then it clicked!

      that is a great way to keep things on topic and eliminate trolls. can the moderator/creator of the panel post let in other participants to the conversation if they choose? i know on G+ if you had a private convo going by +mentioning someone in a comment that automatically brought that person into the convo and then they were able to comment as well

      that betting said, having the ability as a viewer to still react to comments via emojis is nice so that they can still feel somewhat included in the convo if even just to show approval/ disapproval of a comment

    • Welcome to Cake, @MarkG!

      So what you probably need is a help page :) Haven’t found one! To that end, what do invites do? I signed without one :)

      We definitely need a help section that goes into detail on all of Cake's features. So far we've just been too busy building Cake! But I'm glad you're figuring things out. 🙂

      And since I am asking can you do more that one photo in one post or it would need multiple posts instead?

      Currently you can only upload one photo per post, but if you paste a URL to an image in its own paragraph and hit return, it'll become an embedded image. So if you've got multiple images on Imgur, Flickr, SmugMug, etc. that you want to use in a Cake post, this is a great way to do it.

      An API would be needed by other people to do all sorts of things, but an easy goal to achieve is RSS feeds of topics and user posts (especially interested in the latter as I like track my social media use and keep a copy of posts)

      We do have an API, though we haven't opened it up or documented it for public use yet because it's still changing. RSS feeds for topics and users is an interesting idea! We haven't given it much thought since RSS is a little old school these days, but it could be a nice little feature for those of us who still use feed readers. 🙂

    • What features would you like to see? We've got lots of ideas, but our roadmap is flexible and we choose what to focus on largely based on what's important to users and how people are using the site, so I'd love to hear your suggestions.

      As a new user (really new, like one day), I do have some suggestions.

      1. Allow us to add more than one image to our posts, and not only at the end of the post. From what I've seen this is only possible with image URLs, but not with images we want to upload from local storage. Google Photos access would be awesome if you could make it happen.

      2. Some sharing functionality would be nice. Sharing our posts to other platforms especially.

      3. A mobile app. I read that an iOS app is in the works, so hopefully we'll also get an Android app too.

      I think those are the main suggestions I have. I understand that there's only a small team behind Cake, so I understand that you may have your own roadmap planned out, and with a huge influx of former Google+ users, I'm sure your "suggestion box" is overflowing. So take your time, don't feel obliged to "serve" us newcomers. I personally love this platform already, so any improvements you guys make, no matter how long it takes, will be most welcome.

    • Great suggestions, @JazliAziz!

      Some sharing functionality would be nice. Sharing our posts to other platforms especially.

      It's not the most convenient thing in the world, but when you're viewing a conversation or post, you can copy the URL from your browser's location bar, or (if you're on mobile) by tapping the "Share" icon in the browser and selecting "Copy" (at least, that's how it works on iOS; I'm sure Android is similar). Then you can share that URL on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or anywhere else. Most services will show a nice preview of your Cake post when you do this.

      We can make this easier though. 👍

      I understand that there's only a small team behind Cake, so I understand that you may have your own roadmap planned out, and with a huge influx of former Google+ users, I'm sure your "suggestion box" is overflowing.

      Yeah, it definitely is. Thanks for understanding. But keep those suggestions coming! 😄